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Press Release

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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Student leaders from top-ranked public business schools gather in Tucson to tackle education issues at the Eller Student Empowerment Conference

Keynote speaker is Terry Lundgren, CEO of Federated Department Stores

TUCSON, Ariz. – NOVEMBER 7, 2005 – Today’s top business programs empower students to take charge and work collaboratively for change, building the skills and confidence they’ll need as tomorrow’s leaders. In the spirit of that goal, The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management will host 70 students and administrators from 15 of the 20 highest-ranked public undergraduate business programs in the country Nov. 10 – 12. Representing the top achievers at the nation’s business schools, attendees will explore critical issues in business and leadership education and develop solutions to take back to their campuses.

Alumnus of The University of Arizona Terry Lundgren — chairman/CEO and president of Federated Department Stores, which operates more than 1,600 stores, including Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s — will highlight the conference as keynote speaker. Eller College marketing senior Jordan Miller will facilitate a “fireside chat” with Lundgren in Berger Auditorium at McClelland Hall, 5:00 p.m. Nov. 10.

“The Eller College is proud to host the first Student Empowerment Conference outside of Texas. The opportunity to showcase leadership skills in a forum like this is invaluable to students. Meeting with students from the country’s top business colleges only enhances students’ confidence and prospects for future success,” said Pam Perry, associate dean and director of Undergraduate Programs at the Eller College.

Sarah Armand, Eller College marketing senior and student conference committee co-chair commented, “Bringing the conference to the Eller College allows us to share our enthusiasm for the excellence of our programs while providing a forum to examine contemporary issues and current challenges in the business school community.”

2005 marks the first time the annual Student Empowerment Conference will be hosted by The University of Arizona. The two previous conferences were hosted by the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, which originated the event. The conference will return to the McCombs School in alternate years.

The conference opens Thursday with welcoming remarks from Perry and Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College, and concludes with a Saturday evening banquet.

Participating Universities

Arizona State University, Emory University, Indiana University, The Pennsylvania State University, Texas Tech University, The Ohio State University, The University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Southern California, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington

Participating Sponsors

Federated Department Stores, Vanguard, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GEICO, Cintas, Pepsi, Starbucks.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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